Choosing the right apartment

Is it better to rent furnished or unfurnished?

Whether you opt for a furnished apartment or an unfurnished home depends entirely on your needs. If you are looking to save money and have minimal furniture, you’ll find that a furnished apartment is the best bet. Instead of having to pay extra for furnishings you don’t have or getting the clunky and awkward furniture in, your home will be ready for you to move straight into.

Do landlords have to provide a cooker?

While landlords aren’t obligated to provide all white goods, including a washing machine, fridge, and freezer, they have to supply an oven and hob in order to prepare hot food. Lately, many rental properties will include white goods, even if the property is unfurnished. At AddLiving, all of our apartments are fully furnished with all amenities built-in. They are ready to move in, so what are you waiting for?

What should I look for when choosing a student apartment?

Location is important to remember when it comes to choosing the perfect student apartment. You could opt for close to campus or closer to town. Either way, an apartment with good public transportation nearby is essential for students.

Security is another vital factor to remember. Is this a location you’ll feel secure in? No matter how cheap a location seems, if the security is poor, you won’t feel comfortable there. You should also consider furnishings. What items will you need when moving in? If most of it is covered by a fully furnished property, it’ll help to cut on the costs of moving.

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Student renting across the UK

How long do most students rent for?

Typical student housing contracts tend to last 12 months, but if a student finds a property they love, they will likely stay for the duration of their studies and sometimes longer. How long your contract will last depends on your tenancy agreement, so make sure to read it thoroughly.

How much is student rent in the UK?

The cost of student accommodation will vary depending on the location. A recent study by AddLiving found that, while it paid to be a student in some locations to save money, others it was better not to be. In Leeds, the average weekly rent for a student is around £151. Over the course of a typical 12-month lease, students will pay £7,852.

Most residents in the area will pay £183 a week, or £9,516 on rent in a year. At AddLiving, we want to offer affordable housing in Leeds. Our Headingley Park studio apartments start from just £625 a month which is just over £144 a week. This is a yearly saving of £352. It all adds up, and it pays to look around before you decide.

What is my rent inclusive of?

What is included in your rent will depend on your tenancy agreement. If you move into Headingley Park, for example, your rent will include everything except utilities. You’ll have access to on-site teams, 24/7 security, bike racks, on-site maintenance, furnished apartments, parcel management, free Wi-Fi in lounges, residents’ lounges, and pet-friendly accommodation.

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What are my rights and responsibility as a student tenant?

Can my landlord let themselves in without permission?

Unfortunately, a number of landlords believe that they can enter the rental property without their tenant’s permission because they own the property. However, the rules and regulations are clear on this. The Protection from Eviction Act 1977 makes it clear that landlords cannot do anything that is deemed harassment, such as entering a tenant’s home without first asking for permission.

Landlords are required to give 24 hours’ written notice and can only enter within reasonable hours. If there is an emergency and the tenants are not around, landlords can then enter, but this is only in case of an emergency.

What is my landlord responsible for?

Your tenancy agreement will clearly outline your landlord’s obligations, but they are also responsible for a number of other areas in order to keep the property in a condition fit for human habitation. This includes repairs to the structure and exterior of the home and water or gas pipes. Make sure to inform your landlord of any repairs so that they can be addressed accordingly.

What am I responsible for as a tenant?

As a tenant, you are expected to keep the property clean and conduct safety checks on any electrical appliances that you own. You are also responsible for minor maintenance including the changing of light bulbs or smoke alarm batteries. Fixing any appliances or furniture that you own comes under your responsibility. Your tenancy agreement will outline any other minor repairs you are required to make.

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What we offer at AddLiving

Choosing the right student apartment can feel like a challenge, but here at AddLiving, we want to make the process as easy as possible for you. You’ll enjoy plenty of benefits when renting at Headingley Park.

Friendly on-site full-time staff

Our staff are on-site always, ready to handle anything that you need. Got questions? Our Resident Service Manager is responsible for all aspects of your journey and welfare with us, and they’ll work hard to find a solution to any problem.

Safe and secure renting

Your security is important to us, which is why we offer 24/7 monitored CCTV and night patrols by security guards. Our team are on hand to respond to emergencies quickly, so you can rest easy.

Fully-trained, on-site handyman

There is nothing worse than waiting for a handyman to arrive to fix a problem in your apartment, which is why our on-site handyman is there to resolve any issues quickly. We will always repair or escalate any routine maintenance within 24 hours to give you complete peace of mind.

Automated parcel management system

Our 24/7 secure parcel system means that you don’t have to worry about staying in for deliveries. With the Automated Parcel Management system, we are on hand to receive your parcels and give you immediate notification of any deliveries. We can also help with the larger items.

Super-fast and super-reliable Wi-Fi

Staying connected is important, which is why we have plug and play fibre broadband installed. Headingley Park has a Wired Score rating, meaning you can get 50Mbps for only £22 per month.

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We’re here to answer your questions

Got questions about finding the right student apartment in Leeds? We are here to help. Headingley Park is the perfect location, providing an oasis of calm close to Leeds city centre. We have studio, 1- and 2-bed apartments for you to choose from, and all of our properties are fully furnished. You won’t have to worry about a thing.

Our team are on hand to help you with any queries you have, so if you want to know about our available properties or you’d like to know more about Headingley Park, contact us today.